|Headstone: William Miller Died 1814 In His 82nd Year. |
If he was, as is rumored, involved on boatbuilding, this was a perfect place, as Dunbar township bordered the Youghiogheny River which fed into the Monongahela, the important waterway supplying Pittsburgh.
"Blessed by an abundance of natural resources, Fayette County developed progressively into a manufacturing economy, using its two prominent rivers to move local goods throughout the region and into the markets of Pittsburgh. Small riverboats were an essential part of moving settlers and goods to various markets. Boats at this time were mostly single-trip vessels to be dismantled at their destination point, with the exception of keelboats, which were pushed upstream by men setting poles into the mud and shoving the boats along." (source: http://www.co.fayette.pa.us/planningzoning/Pages/HistoricalPerspective.aspx)
Here is another supporting article:
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|From Fayette County History Book|
|Along the Dunbar Trail, Fayette County, PA|